A Kenosha man who investigators said was in the middle of downloading child pornography when they served a search warrant on his home pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Brian Bushweiler, 54, was charged Dec. 5 with five counts of possession of child pornography.
On Wednesday, as part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to three counts.
In exchange, the state dropped two counts and agreed it would not file additional charges for any additional images found on Bushweiler’s electronic devices.
The state also agreed it would not make a specific recommendation on prison time for the charges at Bushweiler’s sentencing.
In court, Judge Bruce Schroeder asked Bushweiler if he understood his plea, telling him that he is free to sentence him up to the maximum for the charges — 75 years in prison and a $300,000 find.
Bushweiler said he understood.
Child pornography convictions carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. Bushweiler could be sentenced to serve the sentences for each conviction consecutively or concurrently.
According to the criminal complaint, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Kenosha Police Department served a search warrant on Bushweiler’s home in the 2400 block of 18th Street last December.
“When law enforcement agents entered, the defendant was actively looking at a tablet. It was determined that child pornography was being downloaded at the time the warrant was executed,” the complaint states.
The complaint states that Bushweiler said he had thousands of images and videos of child porn on one tablet, and said he spends about an hour each day looking at the images.
Bushweiler told investigators he looks for images of children who are 12 or older. However, three of the files related to the charges are images of toddlers being sexually assaulted by adult men.
He is scheduled to be sentenced May 20.